Beer leaking from top of coupler

Discussion in 'Home Bar' started by Twerner, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Twerner

    Twerner Initiate (110) Sep 12, 2017 Washington

    I just set up an EdgeStar dual tap kegerator and beer is leaking out of the top of the coupler. I put the rubber washer in there then hand tightened the wing nut as much as possible. Any ideas?
     
  2. DougC123

    DougC123 Disciple (374) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    Are you tightening the wing nut with the coupler handle in the up or down position? Sometimes the wing nut can hit the handle if it is in the up position and you need to have it down and engaged to fully tighten it. If you are sure it is as tight as you can get it, are you sure it is leaking between the washer and nut, and not from where the beer line is attached (crimped or worm clamped) to the tail piece?
     
  3. billandsuz

    billandsuz Disciple (331) Sep 1, 2004 New York

    It's not tight enough.

    In order from bottom to top, coupler, then washer, then tailpiece. The thing came pre-assembled so you shouldn't have a hard time getting the order correct. Just be sure the rubber washer goes against the coupler. Only 1 washer.

    Hand tight is usually sufficient but I don't know how strong your hands are. There is a very good chance the coupler is inferior. It don't fit. It don't work right. It's a cheap POS. It won't ever work right and it needs to be replaced. If you are lucky that is the only new item that needs replacing.

    You may also have a bad washer which does happen. Luckily you can use the extras Edgestar supplied, they are only $0.05 wholesale.

    Cheers.
     
  4. Twerner

    Twerner Initiate (110) Sep 12, 2017 Washington

    Thanks for the suggestions. Here are the parts before assembly...
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    And here's the leak...
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    I did lower the tap before tightening. I would say I tightened it pretty good then had to tighten even more to stop the leak. It started again yesterday (even slower leak) so I used a vise grip to wrench the wing nut on even tighter. I would think wing nut implies just hand tightening. I'll shop for a replacement rubber washer, maybe a bigger one to see if it does the job? EdgeStar documentation was wrong and outdated, shows different color washer. Maybe they shipped the wrong ones.
     
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  5. Twerner

    Twerner Initiate (110) Sep 12, 2017 Washington

    Images not coming through for some reason. You have to right-click and View.
     
  6. DougC123

    DougC123 Disciple (374) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    You can't directly add pictures. You need to put them on a server like photobucket and post the URL for them.
     
  7. Twerner

    Twerner Initiate (110) Sep 12, 2017 Washington

  8. DougC123

    DougC123 Disciple (374) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    I've never seen that washer in clear, maybe Bill has. The ones I've seen and used are hard black rubber. I'd replace it.
     
  9. billandsuz

    billandsuz Disciple (331) Sep 1, 2004 New York

    Yeah, the washer you need is standard and black rubber. That's the thing with these Edgestar and other made in China POS new to the market. Really substandard parts, some of them don't fit, at all. It's a real problem and you are not alone.

    You need this
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    If you have a friend in the business, a local bar, ask nicely and they might spare one.

    I am also concerned about that elbow tail piece. That is exactly the sort of substandard equipment that is making its way into the market. A simple product but if it is not made precisely it won't fit well with the other parts. My company once bought that exact coupler from our wholesaler because it was so cheap we actually wanted to see it in person. It is a Perlick knock off, if that's the one I think it is. And it actually did not fit into the Sanke properly, the milling is so damn cheap it didn't fit. Add the spray coat chrome(?). No savings, just a waste of time and money. And the wholesaler doesn't sell that anymore so there you go.

    Do yourself a favor. Spend $25 on a Sanke D Coupler, get one from Krome or Micromatic or Perlick, Chrome plating is fine for this system. The coupler you have is not serviceable. I'm serious.
    Cheers.
    Cheers.
     
  10. DougC123

    DougC123 Disciple (374) Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

    If you fall down getting a free or local washer, Amazon Prime will get you a pack in 2 days. Search beer washer.
     
  11. Twerner

    Twerner Initiate (110) Sep 12, 2017 Washington

    Thank you both. I've ordered a replacement standard washer on Amazon like your picture shows.
     
  12. Braunski69

    Braunski69 Initiate (100) Mar 18, 2018

    I'm having literally the exact same problem as you, with literally the exact same product. Wondering if buying a replacement standard washer rectified your issue??? Thanks in advance, very frustrating!
     
  13. Sandysehil

    Sandysehil Initiate (100) Apr 10, 2018

    Change the washer as it is the best option.